Festival de Cannes 70: Union Pacific, 1939 / 2002

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Oh Cannes Film Festival, how we miss you. More so around this time of year, when the Oscars and its end trails are not a long enough distant memory. They to us now, and the whole mirage of the awards season, are the messy house, the dog hairs, the dusty shelves – we want to have a spring clean. And Cannes is returning home, after a short well-earned break from it all, looking forward to letting the clean house smell drift through your nostrils. Open the window, breathe that sea air. Likely, you can get a good whiff of the very first Palme d’Or recipient, Cecil B. DeMille‘s Union Pacific, more plausible as the actual announcement was not until 2002. In 1939, the first Cannes Film Festival, was put on hold due to that darn war across the world. The festival picked up again in 1946, but not until the 2002 event was it decided that a section of the original movies in competition would be shown again and judged by a small group. And thus, Union Pacific was awarded the top prize ahead of The Wizard of Oz, La Piste du Nord, The Four Feathers, Lenin in 1918, Boefje, and Goodbye Mr. Chips.

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